Coral-Eclipse: All you need to know
Where and when is the Coral-Eclipse?
The race takes place every year in early July at Sandown Park. The Coral-Eclipse 2023 was on Saturday July 8 at 3.40pm.
What is the Coral-Eclipse?
The Group 1 flat race is open to horses aged three years and above. It is run over one mile, one furlong and 209 yards. Named after a legendary 18th-century racehorse called Eclipse, it has been run since 1886 and sponsored by Coral since 1976.
𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝟭𝟴𝟴𝟲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆'𝘃𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲… pic.twitter.com/02IUQiRE4j
— Coral (@Coral) June 29, 2022
Paddington saw off the tenacious challenge of Emily Upjohn by half a length in a thrilling Coral-Eclipse 2023 at Sandown.
Should Aidan O’Brien triumph with Paddington at Sandown, he will create yet another piece of Turf history as the trainer with the most Coral-Eclipse wins.
The jockey and Coral ambassador talks about the history of the race and the qualities needed in a winning horse.
The three-year-old would be stepping up to 10 furlongs for the first time in Esher following his Irish 2,000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes wins, while the year older Emily Upjohn will be dropping back from a mile and a half after landing the Coronation Cup at Epsom last month.
Tom Marquand is looking forward to being reunited with Dubai Honour for the Coral-Eclipse. The duo are well acquainted and teamed up in Australia in the spring for the second leg of the gelding’s Ranvet Stakes and Queen Elizabeth Stakes double.
William Buick is to replace suspended Frankie Dettori on Emily Upjohn in the Coral-Eclipse after partnering the John and Thady Gosden-trained filly in a piece of work at Newmarket on Saturday morning.
Frankie Dettori will miss the ride on Coral-Eclipse favourite Emily Upjohn at Sandown after failing in his appeal against the nine-day careless riding ban imposed for his ride on Saga at Royal Ascot.
Vadeni provided France with a rare winner of the Coral-Eclipse in a thrilling finish which saw the younger generation prevail. The French Derby winner was a first Sandown runner for French training great Jean-Claude Rouget and a first UK winner for his owner the Aga Khan since Harzand claimed the Derby in 2016.
Watch Vadeni’s magnificent performance from a unique angle.
Darryll Holland feels Falbrav would rate as one of the best winners of the Coral-Eclipse in any era – but two decades later admits he is still smarting from the colt’s defeat in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Ever wondered what it’s like to ride in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown? Watch incredible Jockey Cam footage from Tom Marquand’s ride on Addeybb to find out.
St Mark’s Basilica put up a hugely impressive display to beat top-class older horses Addeybb and Mishriff.
The jockey discusses his memories of winning the Coral-Eclipse after edging out Barney Roy in a thriller.
Connections of Al Kazeem, including owner-breeder John Deer and trainer Roger Charlton, recall his victory in the Coral-Eclipse 2013.
Five horses have won the race on more than one occasion; Orme, Buchan, Polyphontes, Mtoto and Halling.
Three trainers have enjoyed six wins in the race, with Aidan O’Brien reaching that mark in 2021 to join Alex Taylor Jnr and Sir Michael Stoute.
Lester Piggott is the top jockey in the race with seven wins, the last of which was on Artaius in 1977.
Aidan O'Brien believes it's the ultimate test.
This is what it means to win the Coral-Eclipse. pic.twitter.com/e2hmYOlnIK
— Coral (@Coral) June 29, 2022
Here is every winner of the race since Coral’s sponsorship began in 1976:
2023 – Paddington
2022 – Vadeni
2021 – St Mark’s Basilica
2020 – Ghaiyyath
2019 – Enable
2018 – Roaring Lion
2017 – Ulysses
2016 – Hawkbill
2015 – Golden Horn
2014 – Mukhadram
2013 – Al Kazeem
2012 – Nathaniel
2011 – So You Think
2010 – Twice Over
2009 – Sea The Stars
2008 – Mount Nelson
2007 – Notnowcato
2006 – David Junior
2005 – Oratorio
2004 – Refuse To Bend
2003 – Falbrav
2002 – Hawk Wing
2001 – Medicean
2000 – Giant’s Causeway
1999 – Compton Admiral
1998 – Daylami
1997 – Pilsudski
1996 – Halling
1995 – Halling
1994 – Ezzoud
1993 – Opera House
1992 – Kooyonga
1991 – Environment Friend
1990 – Elmaamul
1989 – Nashwan
1988 – Mtoto
1987 – Mtoto
1986 – Dancing Brace
1985 – Pebbles
1984 – Sadler’s Wells
1983 – Solford
1982 – Kalaglow
1981 – Master Willie
1980 – Ela-Mana-Mou
1979 – Dickens Hill
1978 – Gunner B
1977 – Artaius
1976 – Wollow
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